One of the constants in the history of the world is that when a population gets significantly out of balance economically, and those at the top show
apathy or malice towards those at the bottom, the system of government is overtaken by those at the bottom.
When Marie Antionette was asked about what to do about the poor who were starving, she said, "Let them eat cake!". Soon after, she was relieved of
her head during the French Revolution
. When the economic and social problems of the Russian
Peasants were not addressed by the Russian Monarchy in 1917, the Russian Revolution
brought to an end the reign of the Czars and the family line as well. This theme has occurred over and over again throught human history, and the
result is always the same. Those that have not topple the governments that will not help them, and those that have lose their fortunes, and often
their very lives.
Well, in 2009, 1 out of every 7 Americans, or 43.6 million people in the richest nation on Earth were living in poverty.
richest 1% of the population possess more wealth than the combined wealth of the bottom 90%! (source)
to guess which group controls the media? (hint- Fox News is NOT owned by the poor!)
Now add to that the message that is being sent to the poor of this country. The Conservatives, who are known to be the stalwart guardians of the rich
and powerful, are all up in arms about the possibilty that the President will discontinue the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. They tout that
somehow raising the taxes of those who make more than a quarter of a million dollars a year by 3% will somehow cause these rich fat cats to cut even
Also, lets look at how the laws and programs that were put into place after The Great
have been cut away or done away with completely. We all saw the results of the deregulation of the banking industry started by
Ronald Reagan in the eighties. It was called T.A.R.P.
In many states now, if you have no job, and you are not eligible for unemployment, you cannot turn to the government for any help. The Social Service
Programs that used to be in place to care for those in need are either stripped down so small that they are ineffective, or they are gone altogether.
There are an estimated 2.3 to 3.5 MILLION
homeless people in the United States, the
supposed richest country in the world. And these people are eligible for ZERO government assistance.
Even though it would greatly benefit society to get all of our citizens above the poverty level, since socio economic status seems to be directly
related to crime statistics, in this society, the rich keep getting richer, and the poor just keep getting poorer.
It seems that we are stuck in a downward spiral, and it's only a matter of time before the poorest among us have had enough, and the Second American
Revolution is at hand. Only this time it won't be about ideals and freedoms, it will be about survival and dignity. If the rich are lucky, they
will only loose their wealth...